Josephine Anstey

United States
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Josephine Anstey's main creative and research focus is the production of interactive computer-mediated experiences: stories, performances and games. Since 1995 this has resulted in works of interactive drama, virtual & mixed reality, and intermedia performance populated by intelligent agents, networked human actors, and puppet avatars.

She is currently active with and is a founding member of the Intermedia Performance Studio at the University at Buffalo, an experimental center for collaboration among media creators, dramatic performers, and computer technologists. Between 2001 and 2005 she was part of a group of artists who exhibited networked VR projects worldwide on CAVE systems and low-cost, CAVE-like VR systems.

Experiments with narrative and dramatic forms have been a constant theme in her practice which includes a long collaboration with Julie Zando on a series of video-art pieces. Her other projects include interactive installations, documentary, web and prose fiction.

Her VR and video works have shown widely in the US, in Europe and Japan, and she has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Ars Electronica Center, Austria. Her videos have won awards including Best Narrative Video Award at the Atlanta Film and Video Festival 1990. In 1996 she won the Chelsea Award for short fiction and in 1997 she won Multimedia Grand Prix 97 Award from the Multi-Media Content Association of Japan.

She is an Associate Professor in the Media Study Department of the University at Buffalo (UB), where she teaches production and analysis courses focusing on game studies, interactive fiction, virtual reality and responsive environments. She has an MFA from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago; an MA from the Women's Studies/American Studies Department of UB; and did her BA at the University of East Anglia.


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